Cornelia Parker
(detail) left: Shirt Shot by a Pearl Necklace, 1995

(detail) right: Three Fathoms and a Thimble, 1997
Silver thimble drawn into wire and threaded through a needle.

Has this shirt been "killed-off?" The revenge of love scorned? And while it may seem that the prior meaning of 'thimble' is negated by transforming it into a wire, the artist uses that prior meaning to construct the amusing metaphor that results by threading it through a needle. What it WAS has a lot to do with what it now IS.

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